Festival Year: 2024

Wes Sterrs

An elephant arrives on an island off the coast of Maine and, on a day like any other, the tightly wound circle of life unfurls.

The Elk Calf
Elena Koptseva

Katya is a professional “elk calf.” Every spring she delivers elk calves. Right after the delivery, Katya takes a newborn away from its mother.  Sometimes it’s simpler to be an elk calf than to work things out with her own son.

Gary Hustwit

Visionary musician and artist Brian Eno — known for producing David Bowie, U2, Talking Heads, among many others; pioneering the genre of ambient music; and releasing over 40 solo and collaboration albums — reveals his creative processes in this groundbreaking generative documentary: a film that’s different every time it’s shown.

Ever Since, I Have Been Flying
Aylin Gökmen

A poetic immersion into a man’s memory, where realities are merging.

Every Little Thing
Sally Aitken

Amid the glamour of Hollywood, Los Angeles, a woman finds herself on a transformative journey as she nurtures wounded hummingbirds, unraveling a visually captivating and magical tale of love, fragility, healing, and the delicate beauty in tiny acts of greatness.

False Positive
Ismail Al-Amin

Track-and-field gold medalist and world-record holder Butch Reynolds is one of Akron, Ohio’s finest athletes. But his reputation and career took a debilitating hit when the International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) falsely accused him of using performance-enhancing drugs, costing him the 1992 Olympic Games.

Family Tree
Jennifer MacArthur

Black families fighting to preserve their land and legacy. Family Tree’s cinéma vérité approach reveals the vast task of maintaining the land while navigating challenging family dynamics, unscrupulous developers, and changing environmental needs. The forest itself and the beauty of its changing seasons become a primary character in this family drama.

The Final Chapter
Frøydis Fossli Moe

Ten years after Frøydis cut all contact with her parents due to neglect and violence during her upbringing, she is confronted with her father being on his deathbed.

Shirley Yumeng He

Through an embodied camera eye that moves freely in the in-between place that is an alley connecting two streets,Fortuneevokes a sense of magical realism and offers texture to the meditation on the Chinese American identity, which can also be characterized as a liminal space.

Christer Wahlberg, Sebastian Rudolph Jensen

Five eight-year-olds found the imaginary world ‘George-Peterland’—a dreamy forest land with cute chickens everywhere, to which one can travel by just closing their eyes. When the school interferes and rules take over the imaginary world, it becomes a nightmare.

Girls State
Amanda McBaine, Jesse Moss

What would American democracy look like in the hands of teenage girls? A political coming-of-age story and a stirring reimagination of what it means to govern, Girls State follows young female leaders—from wildly different backgrounds across Missouri—as they navigate an immersive experiment to build a government from the ground up.

Growing Up Female
Julia Reichert, Jim Klein

Julia Reichert and Jim Klein’s first film, widely seen as the first feature documentary of the modern-day Women’s Liberation Movement, offers six portraits of girls and women at various ages, examining how they are socialized. Added to the National Film Registry in 2011, Growing Up Female remains in active distribution fifty-three years after its initial release. 

Happy Clothes: A Film About Patricia Field
Michael Selditch

A candid fly-on-the-wall glimpse into the creative process and the extraordinary life and career of Emmy-winning costume designer Patricia Field, whose unique vision has impacted fashion and popular culture for nearly six decades.

Ibrahim Nash’at

When the United States withdrew from its twenty-year “forever war” in Afghanistan, the Taliban retook control of the ravaged country and immediately found an American base loaded with weaponry—a portion of the over $7 billion in U.S. armaments still in the country. Unprecedented and audacious, director Ibrahim Nash’at’s Hollywoodgate spends a year inside Afghanistan following the Taliban as they take possession of the cache America left behind—and transform from a fundamentalist militia into a heavily armed military regime.

Je m’appelle Mariia
Juho Reinikainen

This town was a place where they could sleep peacefully, but now the time has come for them to go. 

Julia’s Stepping Stones
Julia Reichert, Steve Bognar

Pioneering filmmaker Julia Reichert, who passed away in 2022, shares the intimate story of her youth, as a working-class girl, and how she began to dream of a larger life for herself, coming to embrace her working-class identity, and discovering feminism, documentary filmmaking, and her own voice. This luminous short film was edited and completed by Julia’s partner Steven Bognar.

Light of the Setting Sun
Vicky Du

A Taiwanese American filmmaker questions her family’s silence around the cycles of violence that have persisted since the Chinese Communist Revolution of 1949. Light of the Setting Sun is a poetic family portrait of what’s been left unsaid.

Look Into My Eyes
Lana Wilson

A group of New York City psychics conduct deeply intimate readings for their clients, revealing a kaleidoscope of loneliness, connection, and healing.